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Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4

In recent times, Samsung has been quite the aggressive company in its quest to bring the beloved iPhone to its knees, which is evident by the insane amount of commercial spots showing off how its Galaxy S4 is already the next big thing. For most of the year, it has proven to be a force of immeasurable power, as it has reigned supreme in the Android landscape – while also giving Apple’s pride and joy some much-needed competition. Now that the iPhone 5s is finally here, it’s not looking to mess around with the competition, seeing that it intends on bringing back the spotlight to Apple’s warm glow. Heading into that crucial holiday season, these two titans are hell bent on fighting against one another to claim victory.


This is an interesting comparison, since the iPhone 5s retains its predecessor’s design to the teeth – so there’s nothing particularly new about it. Regardless of that, the iPhone 5s continues to be the more premium looking smartphone between the two, which is aided by its brushed aluminum casing. Compared to the Galaxy S4’s glossy plastic casing, the iPhone 5s also exudes the more sturdy build quality with its construction. And finally, when it comes to the in-the-hand feel, the smaller figure of the iPhone 5s enables it to feel more natural in the hand – whereas the Galaxy S4 is just one wide smartphone to hold. All the signs might point to the iPhone 5s as being the better looking device between the two, but the Galaxy S4 still has a pleasant design of its own too, though, personal preference becomes the deciding factor in which of the two is the more favorable one.

Although they share many common ports and buttons, each handset packs along its own unique set of goodies. Below the display of the iPhone 5s, its home button incorporates a nifty biometric fingerprint sensor dubbed Touch ID, which enables us to unlock the phone and confirm app purchases. With the Galaxy S4, it packs along a very useful IR blaster that turns the phone into a universal remote – a great thing to have when you can’t find the clicker. Lastly, the Galaxy S4 has an LED notification light and removable back cover that enables us to access its internal battery and microSD card slot.

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Apple iPhone 5s vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Needless to say, there’s a huge disparity between the displays on these two flagships – one is simply average in size, while the other is ridiculously ginormous. Retaining its predecessor’s display, the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch 640 x 1136 Retina Display doesn’t really have the same drawing factor when compared to the 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S4. Despite the obvious detail superiority of the Galaxy S4's display, it’s only noticeable as we peek our eyes very closely on the two – so it’s almost indistinguishable from a normal distance away to realize which is more detailed.

Aside from that, they both have their own standout characteristics. With the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display, it produces very accurate colors and has the better outdoor visibility. Conversely, the Galaxy S4 has that showroom wow factor with its rich and over-saturated color reproduction, which easily catches our attention. Oh yeah, there’s also the cool tracking technology that enables the Galaxy S4’s display to recognize our finger as it’s hovering over the display!

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s 587
Samsung Galaxy S4 289
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Apple iPhone 5s 360-Degrees View

Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View

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posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:03 36

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

No comparison.

S4 is beating the hell out of 5same in every damn way. Sammy FTW.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:10 16

6. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

How exactly? Coz all iv read everywhere is iPhone beating the S4 black and blue in everything. EVERYthing.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:17 18

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

+1 iPhone 5S beats the S4s camera, completely crushes the s4 in The CPU and GPU department. Displaymate says that the 5S has the better display. And Ofcourse plastic isn't fantastic !

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:39 18

13. GamePlayer (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

You guys stop it. Both are good in their own respective ways.Both are pretty different, and it depends on personal choices.

And yea mr. THE.DARK.KNIGHT, plastic is'nt fantastic but nor is an overpriced price tag.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:59 9

24. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)

How is the iPhone overpriced since both of 'em cost $199 on contract and start at $649 off contract?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:37 4

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 23650; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

The Sammites will find a way to justify it to themselves.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:41 2

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 23650; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I think AnTuTu has iP3MS "iPhone makes me mad syndrome".

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:45 13

33. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

The problem isn't the 5S hardware it is the fact that it is running IOS which is still years behind android in features, also 4" is too small. Wait a few months the new Intel baytrails will crush the snapdragon 800 + 5S. AMD will also be joining nvidia soon with some radeon branded phone APUs.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:06 6

37. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Care to explain the cliché "iOS is years behind Android"?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:11 8

40. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

so you haven't heard about, multitaskung, contast, 441ppi, sencors, 5" screen in second smallest and lightest flagship device (from all brands and screen sizes), swappable battery, SD support, IR , 13MP for details and pictute zooming, 2GB RAM......
By the way, if put this "powerfull" A7 (made by samsung on Exynos process, though) inside the GS4 and try to do the same tasks , it will be dead.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:14 10

41. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Displaymate didn,t say so.
They said:
Discussing the pros and cons of the screens DisplayMate says:

The iPhone 5 is significantly brighter than the Galaxy S4, particularly for screens with mostly peak white backgrounds. Its color calibration is a bit better, although the Galaxy S4 has a more accurate White. The Galaxy S4 has a much bigger screen, higher resolution, higher PPI, much darker blacks, and better screen uniformity than the iPhone 5. They each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses…both displays are quite good and comparable overall – so it’s currently a tie."

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:34 5

48. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

I'd say that the S4 running Android is it's biggest downfall. Give iOS and it'd be amazing! However, I find iOS the superior OS, hence I say this.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:11 5

51. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)

He won't, cause he can't.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:32 5

55. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)

How can an Outdated, over priced, Boring iPhone 5Same beat a superior Galaxy S4? in real world, S4 Wins in performance. Because iPhone 5Same with that girly laggy iOS7 makes it more uglier. hahaha

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:08 1

62. SupermanayrB (Posts: 801; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Have ANY of you actually went to a store & spent time using & comparing the phones for how they work for you instead of showing the internet that you know how to read numbers & do math? Just because the numbers are higher doesn't mean anything, based on the user. I sell both of these phones & it's really all based on preference.

I use android (RAZR Maxx is my main phone, also have an S4 & an Optimus G Pro) so I obviously know how it works for me. This weekend I'm taking the 5C home to see if I could see myself using (an iPhone) for my everyday use. I already know based on screen size, iPhones are not for me. Still gonna test drive it & see if I prefer that interface over android. At the end of the day, that's really what it comes down to, NOT 'Oh the S4 is better because.... the iPhone is better because....'

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:14 2

85. promise7 (Posts: 890; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

4" is too small? not everyone wants a huge screen or r u speaking for everyone with no basis or support?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:20 2

86. promise7 (Posts: 890; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

The hardware is manufactured by Samsung, but the A-series processors uses in the iPhones are all based on Apple's reworkings of ARM silicon.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 18:35 1

104. SilverSurfer85 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

S4 has a bunch of stuff that the average person wont, or doesnt need. Take away some of those features and there WONT be any type of COMP between the two. Everyone doesnt want a phablet, or right under that . Some of us like things that are still portable.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 19:58 2

107. .AppleJack (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

If we're talking about design the Galaxy Same 4 is not so far from the s3 design u.u

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 12:51

122. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

1/4 mile dragstrip, 17secs(s4) vs 4sec(5s) quadcore vs dual core, haha!
i'll go for ip5s in ios and the upcoming nexus 5 for android and the bandit for wp8, that's all... haha!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 19:35

128. donutwindy (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Not everything. I like how reviews miss the point of android. Stock android vs IOS? Who uses stock anything on android? My home screen currently has 64 icons and two widgets displaying my calendar and weather all at the same time. I wish apple would do several things: Removable battery (my phone is running 6400mah and runs for days because of a larger replacement battery), more icons on the home screen (or at least the ability to select how many and what size). Widgets on screens, Swype for the keyboard (faster for me than hunt and peck). Bigger screen.

as for android phones, Sammy screens kinda suck. Try reading one outdoors, Apple is still the gold standard there. Build quality, no comparison, definitely Apple. The stock interface on an s4 looks like it was made for four year olds. (but fortunately, its replaceable, and I have). And there are and will always be, more and better apps for IOS. (because people who buy androids aren't willing to spend anything. I know several developers for IOS that only develop there for that reason)

of course if Apple let people develop IOS apps using a windows pc, I'd develop for them too. (big oversight).

I'm totally android, but if Apple changes the above items, I'd love to go iPhone. (I probably will go with the iPad mini though.. I think it rocks)

iPhone camera's better too. (they've always been cutting edge there, love the two tone flash, Samsung will likely copy at some point).

Neither phone wins at everything.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:25

131. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Cause they are fu**

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 16:03 3

136. yazminaston (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)

the camara on the s4 is better
you can put extra memory in the s4
you can remove the battary (which is handy)
you can make payments with the s4
you can play 1080p videos with s4 iphone is only 720 i think
group play on s4
A feature called Smart Stay keeps your Galaxy S4's display lit while you're looking at it. It can detect your eyes using the front-facing camera. This is a very useful feature because it can prevent your screen from going dark while you're reading something. which the iphone doens't have.
so there is quite a few things that makes the s4 better

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:58 1

137. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)

plastic is to give you access to batter and micro SD expansion which are pretty handy for travellers and normal everyday users,tell me one aluminium phone has the access of it,I can always see ip5s users running around like crazies in search of battery charger box and usb to extend the life,quite pathetic,isn't it? SGS4 E330S version beat in benchmarking as it has snapdragon 800 and adreno 330, ip5s 64 bit do beat in geekbench 3 on sgs4 marginally, but in geekbench 2 and Antutu,SGS4 wins over in ip5S again so? any problem? LOL!

check this one.ip5S is pretty weak compared to Note 3 and Sony Z1 in reality also

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 score

3013 /watch?v=WmzyKs1guDE

2991 /watch?v=WQ9frq772C4

2983 /watch?v=djGIQ87wmEw,this 3 will confirm you,there you go buddy. Z1 and note 3,outperform GB3 in reality. Cheers:D

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 22:28

138. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)

4 inch is like a chick-size these days buddy,only a few people and girls are comfortable with it, it is not good enough and big enough to view photos,movies, web browsing and gaming etc, may be because of the pixels limitations I guess, iphs just stick with the small size one, galaxy S4 jsutified the size with the full HD 1980x1080p HD Amoled display,true to tone. :)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 22:31

139. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)

you don't need SGS4 hardware to run iOS,may be S2 will even do the trick :D LOL! SGS4 is a complete design for Android ,trust me ,powerful hardware to handle local apps running behind,widgets, web browsings,support full HD displays etc

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 06:34

142. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Iphone 5s beats samsung in many ways

Fingerprint scan. Vs blank
Dual core 64 bit is better than octa core
Dual flashlight vs single
Metal vs plastic
3d icon display vs normal
Retina vs amoled

Now tell whos the winner huh

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 06:38

143. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

iphone 5S beats s4 in many ways

Dual core 64 bit vs quadcore
Fingerprint scanner vs blank
Dual flashlight vs single
3d icons display vs normal
Retina vs amoled
Metal vs plastic

Now tell whos the winner huh

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 06:46

144. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

People having weak eyesight want big displays and font
You call amoled better than retina
Retina is way brighter and sharper

Ur a kid shouting samsung! Samsung! Android!

Android is a wet cat without samsung

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 06:15 2

147. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)

Let me put it this way buddy SGS4 vs ip5S
1.Quad core vs 64 bit(ios is not even 32bit ready,with 1GB ram,it is a joke,so it is merely a gimmick,wait for Android,Samsung can do 3GB ram,when it comes with 4GB RAM,64 bit ready Android,stunning 64 bit quadcore processor,can't wait for it to happen)
2.13MP aparture 2.2 and 8MP (youtubedotcom/watch?v=DXddteoA-Ms)
3.NFC vs no NFC
4.Barometer,thermometer vs no new things
5.1080pHD vs screen lower than 720pHD(don't give us mindless excuses like apple did because human eyes can see more and TVs has proven it)
6.3D parallax effect? 3D icon is availible to Android application 3 years ago which you don't know at all.
7.metal vs plastic? (plastic gives you access to battery and memory expansion, light weight and damage absorption are additional points, I see many ip users running around like crazies when their battery is drying all the time, they need charger box or usb with them all the time)
8.launcher (thmese) vs same old iOS 7 like command center which is like Android.
9.2GB Ram vs 1GD Ram
10.2600 mAh vs 1560mAH
11.slow motion HD at 1/2,1/4,1/8 speed vs slow motion HD in ios7(do you know that slow motion is availible in Android long ago?,hope you know.)
12.wireless charging,smart cover,working with smart watches are additional points again. Tell me who is the winner? SGS4 FTW! and the list can go on

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